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Bruce Ajari: Fishing shows provide wide range of know-how

Bruce Ajari
Gone Fishin'

When the weather outside is not too conducive for fishing, I often find myself watching fishing shows on television, particularly after the NFL season has ended on Sundays. The Versus network has a long lineup of fishing shows.

While none are related to trout fishing, all fishing shows include useful information, no matter what species you are targeting.

In a new show called “City Limits Fishing,” host Mike Iaconelli ” the 2006 Bassmaster Angler of the Year ” looks like he should be in a punk rock band. But do not be fooled. This young angler has a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill and determination.

I particularly like the way the show is structured. He gives himself five hours to catch a limit of five bass within six miles of an urban setting. The two shows that I have caught thus far were filmed in Sacramento and Philadelphia, Iaconelli’s hometown.

While many TV shows feature hosts catching fish in exotic locations, this show seemingly makes fishing accessible to the masses. Most people he comes into contact with during the show do not have a clue that they can actually catch bass in their local waters.

The show provides a little background on the urban setting and how to go about fishing it. Unlike natural settings, urban environments can have unique fish-holding structure. Structure for fish is very important in that it provides cover, food and protection from other predators.

In an urban setting, anything from a shopping cart to a bent pier piling can provide that unique fish-holding structure. Iaconelli even caught a nice smallmouth from a drainage culvert in the Philadelphia show.

Watching these TV shows, primarily concentrating on bass and saltwater, will be of great interest to even the non-bass fisherman. The reason is that you can learn a lot about how predatory fish behave.

After all, fishing is fishing, no matter what form of it you pursue. Learning more about any particular species is bound to make you a better overall angler. You also never know what species you may find yourself fishing for someday.

As far as Iaconelli’s show is concerned, think about our own urban fishery in Reno. Much of what Iaconelli talks about in his urban fishing program could apply to the Biggest Little City. The only difference is that this happens to be a great trout fishery.

So if you are looking for something to do on a weekend morning, check your local listings and see if there are any fishing shows. Tune in and learn as much as you can about the particular species that the host is fishing for and the method to catch them. These shows provide a great source of entertainment and teach you a lot about fishing in general. Take a look at them and see if you do not agree.

” Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.


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